The Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association is pleased to have the unique opportunity to present a full slate of great programming for its 2021 Annual Winter Meeting. The meeting will be a virtual meeting held Wednesday through Friday, January 13 -15, 2021.
There will be nine (9) total continuing education credits offered, both substantive and ethics, over the three (3) days. These will be programs specifically geared to the challenging times we, and our practices, are in. The speakers in each of the programs include, experienced well known family law practitioners, as well as Judges and experts in a variety of fields.
I encourage, not only those who regularly attend our meetings, but also those who do not, whether you are a Section member or not, to take advantage of this opportunity. You will be educated and you will earn nine (9) continuing education credits, all while in the comfort and safety of your home or office.
Dave Schanbacher, Esq.
Chair, PBA Family Law Section
Wednesday, Jan. 13
8:15 - 8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
8:30 10:00 am Ethics and Practice of Litigating Remotely
The pandemic has clearly caused all of us (even those resistant to technology) to recognize that the practice of law has joined the 21st century and that the use of remote technology, while necessary over the past few months, is likely here to stay and will be a prominent feature in our practices moving forward. However, this raises a number of ethical considerations. This program is intended to explore the practice of law in a remote world while balancing ethical responsibilities.
10:15 - 11:45 A Touch of Accounting and Tax for Lawyers…It Just Might Help
Accounting is math and, for most lawyers, math is not a friendly subject. Math and balancing chemical equations was the Lord’s message that the path of righteousness went through law school. Unfortunately, whether it’s to balance a checkbook or reviewing a tax return, math keeps creeping back into our lives. It’s not right but it’s real! And if you are involved in divorce cases, you need to evaluate the real income of a party or the real value of a business.
This session is devoted to a kinder and gentler approach to accounting. We promise that above it all, it will be practical. So, take a sedative and sit back for what we hope is a comfortable 90-minute ride.
Thursday, Jan. 14
8:15 - 8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
8:30 - 10:00 am Practicing Family Law in Uncertain Economic Times
Practicing family law in uncertain times brings unique challenges, considerations and crossover with other disciplines. This program offers a practical guideline to navigating tumultuous economic times for our clients.
• What should you consider when navigating foreclosures, mortgage forbearance and loss of real estate, and the impact thereof on clients’ prospective capacity to qualify for lending?
• What does one do when either party files for bankruptcy before, during or after a divorce action?
• What are your options and mandates, as a practitioner, in both state and Federal courts?
• What questions need to be answered when a party in your case received CARES Act benefits, a PPP loan and/or unemployment compensation?
• What is the relevant of these circumstances in your case in our post-pandemic times?
Join us to find out!
10:15 - 11:45 Case Law, Legislation & Rules Update
Forget the Socratic method and join us for a lively discussion of recent appellate decisions regarding custody, divorce, equitable distribution, support (all forms), adoptions and protection from abuse and the practical impact such decisions will have on your approach with existing clients. We will also discuss updated rules, statutes and/or pending legislation.
Friday, Jan. 15
8:30 - 10:00 am Custody in Real Time: from Interview to Courtroom - Part 1
Using intake forms and video interviews with two parents and their children, who are involved in a hypothetical custody dispute, we will interview their family law attorneys (Attys. Cheryl L. Young, Esquire & J. Paul Helvy, Esquire), their forensic custody evaluators (Drs. Nancy Schneider, JD, Ph.D. and Eric J Bernstein, Psy.D.), and the judges who will hear their case if it not settled (The Hon. Katherine V. Oliver & The Hon. Christina M. Simpson). What issues can you spot? What needs to be investigated further? Can the case be settled? How will you present the evidence? Follow the case in real time and hear from experienced litigators as they share their insights from interview to courtroom.
10:15 - 11:45 am Custody in Real Time: from Interview to Courtroom - Part 2
A Huge Thank You to our Sponsors:
- Approved Mortgage Group
- Bank of America
- Financial Research Associates
- Conrad Siegel
- Savron Benson